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Beautiful trail and views. Not for the faint of heart. It kicked my butt! ✌

Incredible hike. This was our first loop since my gf broke her back in January 2018. We arrived at the AMR gate at about 7:30AM Saturday morning with full packs. Headed up the Gill Brook trail for our ascent and made a quick stop at Indian Head (@9:45ish). Indian Head has some AMAZING views, so I’d suggest stopping if time permits. Hiked for another few hours and set up camp at the Elk Pass ponds. There was room for maybe 2-3 tent sites. With time to spare, we decided to leave our packs and head towards Colvin. The hike up Colvin wasn’t too intense (arrived at 2:30PM). Colvin has a very small survey marker, getting us our first High Peak of the weekend.

We were running low on water and stamina, so we decided against attempting Blake. After speaking with some fellow hikers, it seemed like a lot of work that we didn’t want to exert for a wooded summit. We made it back to the tent and made some dinner. We’ll have to come back another time.

Hit the trail Sunday at 7:30AM up Elk Pass. This was quite difficult, especially after filling up 4 water bottles (Elk Pass is your last chance to fill up!) and having full packs. There are views behind you almost the whole way up to the split. We got to the split at 9:15AM, ditched our packs, and ran 0.2 miles to Nippletop. Awesome views westward towards the Great Range and Marcy in the distance.

Trail to Dial was 1.9 miles and felt long. There were a few ascents and descents before you reached Dial, which felt kinda cruel. Headed out was pretty gradual and a nice breather from the steepness of Elk Pass. The way down bothered both of our knees and we were happy to get back to the car.

85 degree weather, sunshine, full packs, and 30-45 min on each of the peaks (plus Indian Head), got back to the car at around 3PM Sunday. Would consider a lighter day pack and faster pace if I were to do it again. Headed in to Keene for a well deserved beer! 38 more to go!

We knew heading in that these two peaks have limited views but for aspiring 46ers you have to tag them!After leaving the ADK Loj loop trail to Mt. Jo you go “trailless “. Herd paths are well defined.A word of advice: if there has been a lot of rain or snow melt you will get wet crossing a brook. Rock hopped ourselves but was rather dry anyway.As the trail gains elevation you encounter lots of logs to scramble. Nye offers little view. Street has some views. I climbed a hardy spruce and got some awesome pics!All in all a good trip. Our fav moments were finding a red eft(?) salamander in the trail. The cedar log bridge over a creek. Mostly the creeks themselves.Worth the trip. Need to be in decent shape though. Not easy but doable.Take your time and you will be rewarded. Lots of birds.

I personally loved this hike! It wasn’t muddy or buggy and even though they were wooded, the summits were still a nice place to chat and eat lunch. Make sure you check out the lookout at the top of Street that’s just a bit past the summit sign! Such a beautifully green trail. The stream crossings were fine except the crossing the big one in the way back got us mixed up a bit so pay close attention to the trail there. (Hiked 7/13/18 - 8&9th 46ers)

Great hike with the family. Wife and 10 year old son. Bring plenty of water as there is next to none to filter along the way. We found the trail very steep and unforgiving on the legs on the way down. Pretty much climb 3,000 feet in 3 miles. True Adirondack High Peaks fashion. I made the side trail to RPR in under 2 hours and was able to catch up with the family before they made it back to the car. Sore Legs for us afterwards.

A nice hike if you’re looking for a walk in the woods. Otherwise, not much of a view/payoff at the summit. Between trail split and Nye summit there’s a boulder on the left that offers a nice view. I had no issues finding the path on other side of the brook, which leads downstream. Also, you can look for Cairn in middle of stream as a guide, but I imagine it could be washed away in high water. At end of heart lake, take Nye ski trail which leads to herd path. Have fun!!

Chose to do the Avalanche Lake/Lake Arnold loop counterclockwise. Would not want to do it the other way with that steep part. Trails were dry, no bugs. Clear skies, great views of Algonquin, etc. to the West and Marcy, Giant, etc to the Southeast. We did miss the turn left/up from the lake (the sigh is high and pointed the other way) and had to backtrack a bit.

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5 days ago

I wanted to hike Haystack a bit different than just a direct route from the Garden parking area. I like to avoid out-and-backs as much as possible so I hiked in from the ADK Loj around Little Marcy, went up Haystack, then exited via the Phelps trail-John Brooks Lodge-Garden Parking lot. Total distance was 17.2 miles- Track uploaded in recordings.

Marcy trail was so FULL of hikers all going up to Marcy, it felt like a pedestrian walking path. Once exiting the Marcy trail I was alone until I hit Little Haystack. Great views and cool little scramble over both Haystacks. Better view of the Panther Gorge than Marcy has.

In my opinion the full Phelps trail was much easier descending than going down through the Shorey's Shortcut- having done that 1 week ago with Saddleback and Basin. The shortcut had more deadfall in it.

We didn't complete this loop, but bagged Macomb, Carson (South Dix), and Grace Peak (East Dix) in a 12.5-mile semi loop. (See https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/by-the-grace-of-dix) We hiked in from the Elk Lake trailhead on the Hunters Pass Trail to the Slide Brook Lean-to cutoff where we hiked along the Slide Brook path to the base of the slide up the west flank of Macomb. This was an exciting but not-too-difficult Class 2 scramble with some loose rocks and scree. Route finding at the top of the slide could be tricky, but the path to the left is well worn. From the summit of Macomb, we descended to the col between Macomb and South Dix (Carson) and continued up the rocky face of Carson, then out to Grace with its impressive summit block and views to the east and south. Returned to the col and then descended on a somewhat improvised path paralleling and crossing Lillian Brook before meeting the main part of the Lillian Brook trail and eventually joining the Hunter's Pass trail to return to the trailhead.

Parking at the Elk Lake trailhead is iffy and it was completely full at 8:30 Sunday morning, so I used a bicycle shuttle to eliminate the 2 mile hike from the snowplow turnaround near Clear Pond.

Started at the ASRC, clocked only 3.6 miles to the summit. 9.77 including a detour to summit Esther.

Challenging incline at the beginning but worth it!

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The hike was ok

5 of us including an 11 and 13 year old did this hike 2 days ago. It took us 8 hours and 45 minutes with quite a few breaks and a longer stop on the peak.
Hike was quite easy aside from the ascent from avalanche lake to the summit of Mount Colden which is rocky and steep.
Was very glad to have done the hike counterclockwise as this would have been a treacherous descent.
The hike around avalanche lake was fantastic with ladders, and hitch up Mathilda’s - fun for all.
Doing an out and back to mount Colden via Lake Arnold would be easier and a bit shorter but not nearly as interesting or fun.
This was a fantastic hike - one of my favourites in ADKs.

My daughter (7) and I really enjoyed this hike! The trail was really easy to follow (you do need to pay attention for the cairn to cross the brook - we had no issues spotting it). No technical or difficult climbing is involved. An easy climb for us.. These mountains do have some nice views - you just need to put in a few extra seconds of effort to find them. It was pretty hot, we drank regularly and had a lunch on each summit to keep our energy up. When we got back to the Loj, my daughter took a quick refreshing dip in Heart Lake. That's how you finish a hike!

As others have stated, it's a good idea to bring a GPS & map - even though the trail is obvious. Some people on here have complained about bugs and mud... So what!?! Those are the things you face hiking in the Adirondacks!

Some deer flies but a great day. Beautiful views.

I am 14 hikes into my 46 and I found this to be the easiest so far and had some of the best views. I hiked up The Brothers and stopped on each for photos. After the summit, I continued over to Yard Mountain. The trail is not very wide but it's pretty easy. I was not even sure at what point I crossed the summit I was moving so quickly. I was glad I did the loop because there are some pretty cool boulders along the way after John's Brook Lodge. Total distance was 11.65 miles and elevation gain was 3392'

Beautiful view from the ledge panther mountain has one good view. Hiked through to fox hollow steep and long 10.5 miles.

A lot of rock scrambling but great views! The top was really windy!

A unique hike. The first 0.9 miles in is pretty flat then a steady climb for the next 1.4 miles to the top of marble mountain. At that point the climbing continues up and up as you approach the trail split to Esther (marked by a large boulder and enormous pile of Small rocks, can’t miss it). Esther to the right, Whiteface is straight. I’d recommend hitting Esther and then coming back for Whiteface since it’s a much better place to spend more time. Esther is muddy and unmarked but you’ll see a plaque at the summit. Wooded with partial views. From there going up Whiteface is a gasser. Once you come to the memorial highway road you’ll walk along the back of the wall for a while before a long rock scramble to the top. Views on Whiteface are unbeatable. You’ll be there with people who drove up, except it’s much more rewarding for you. The ascent down whiteface is pretty relentless on the toes in the boots but the hike overall with a 30 minute break on Whiteface took us 7 hours round trip.

Street and Nye are certainly not my first recommendations for people to hike but if trying to become a 46-r than they must be hiked. Or if someone wants a less populated hike it’s worth doing, though there’s many better ones to choose still. Wooded summits with some partial views. First couple miles are a flat’ish woods walk before going up after crossing the river. For being unmaintained the trail is easy to follow and obvious, though locating the trail around the river crossing may take an extra minute or two since people have crossed the river in various places. The hike took me two hours to the trail split. Once reaching the split, Nye took me 7 minutes to summit, and then back at the trail split Street took 21 minutes. Overall a 5.5 hour hike at a moderate pace with minimal stops. Ate a PB&J for maybe 5 minutes at the split for a boost of energy, summits didn’t have many good spots to hang out on so I didn’t stay up there long before heading back. The trail is muddy like most, but also very green and narrow towards the top. Happy hiking!

I Loved this Hike, I took four kids and we did both Giant ledge and Panther Mt, we went early in the morning so that it would not be as crowded, and the later in the day it got the more people we saw. veiws were Spectacular, I am recommending this hike to everyone I know, absolutely breathtaking!!!!

This was our first 46er, so I have no basis for comparison, but this is one of the hardest hikes we’ve ever done, however, not that bad and worth every step. We did the hike, up and back in 5.25 hours with 3-4 rest/viewing stops and a half hour on top. Trail was mostly dry, temps were in the 80s. Two Nalgenes were sufficient for water. Found a set of hiking poles coming down and placed them at the trail register.

Took about 9 hours round trip with a roughly 25 minute break on each summit. Ended clocking around 14.1 miles total. Went up Elk pass to Nippletop first definitely seemed like the way to go! Would be tough descending that way.

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12 days ago

Moderately difficult, begins with steep ascent including switchbacks until the Basin, where it levels. After the Basin, more moderate ascent and switchbacks which gives way to a mix of flat and moderate sections, finishing with some slab scrambles. Great view at the top! Wish I had been able to add the Ridge, as that was well within ability, but wasn’t able to that day.

on Phelps Mountain Trail

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12 days ago

Added at the end of a Marcy/Table Top day hike and worth it. Mix of moderate stony path like the main trail and tree roots like Table Top made it challenging after climbing 2 other peaks already.

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12 days ago

Not the best views in the Adirondacks for sure. Moderately challenging trail made for a full day. Had rained the night before so we took off shoes and socks to cross the stream, which was up to our knees in some spots. Be prepared for black flies!

Beautiful views went from Giant ledge to fox hollow very difficult decline out 10.5 miles

2nd highest summit in New York State. Mostly Full Sun. Bring water, spf 40 and bug spray. Steep grade is challenging, but slow and steady wins the race!

Great hike! Watch for the yellow and white spray paint marks. Really rocky in parts. 2.15 hours up.

There are some parts of this hike that I absolutely loved and would do again in the heartbeat, but Marble Mtn really gets you right off the bat. I found the trail to be really dusty and slippery with pebbles, but once you get past that it’s not so bad. The trail to Whiteface is beautiful and lots of different terrain keeps it interesting. Definitely check out the ski lift to the left, it’s really neat and a good time for a break before the last hurrah. Summit is crowded but lots of interesting people to talk to. And now, Esther. I absolutely loved this trail and this mountain. So beautiful, quiet, and lovely. Trail is wicked easy to follow.
Hiked 7/2 (4&5 46ers)

Only a sadist would hike these peaks if they weren't going for all 46.

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